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MLK Symposium

January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

MLK Symposium: Agents of Change

Can higher education successfully plan to be more inclusive of diverse racial and economic backgrounds? What role does a strategic plan play? How can a university’s planning efforts be directly connected to positive change in the professional sphere?

As the University of Michigan continues its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Planning Initiative and students of colors and allies at many colleges and universities are calling for an end to structural racism on campus, the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s MLK Symposium presents an open conversation that questions what role can urban planning, campus design, and engagement with marginalized communities play in creating higher education systems that no longer sustain segregation and exclusion. 


  • Robert M. Sellers, University of Michigan Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs and Planning Lead for Academic Affairs for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Planning Initiative
  • Amanda Alexander, University of Michigan Assistant Professor of Afroamerican Studies and Law
  • Craig Wilkins, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Lecturer in Architecture

Moderated by June Manning Thomas, University of Michigan Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

This event is part of the Agents of Change exhibition on racial diversity and campus climate presented by students of the North Campus Colleges.



January 12, 2016
7:00 pm